Private practice, Boston, Massachusetts, 1851-1864
Reporter, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, 1854-1861
Justice, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, 1864-1881; chief justice, 1873-1881
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Allotment as Circuit Justice:
First Circuit, January 30, 1882-September 15, 1902
Second Circuit, July 15, 1893-April 1, 1894